November 28, 2007

Brazil in the news: interview with film director José Padilha (Tropa de Elite)

“If you publish a scientific paper it is very hard to start a nationwide debate about something. If you do this in a movie, you can start a debate." And initiate a debate was what Brazilian director José Padilha intended when he made Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), a film that discusses urban violence and drug traficking from a police officer's point of view. It's the most talked about movie in Brazil since City of God (2002) and it is now on its way to international film festivals, opening in the US and Europe next year. You can read Padilha's recent interview in the New York Times clicking here.

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